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“I would hazard a guess that this is going to be Album...”

Written on: 09/03/2007 by Mindy (82 reviews written)

Good Points
Intervention, Keep the Car Running, No Cars Go, that weird organ on My Body Is a Cage

General Comments
I would hazard a guess that this is going to be Album of the Year on most critical lists come December, and I will probably be in full agreement. The Arcade Fire are simply the most exhilirating and important band in popular music right now and this album is an absolutely heady rush of hooks, strange noises and musings about the importance of hope in what is often the despair and futility of moden life.

I heard someone say that this record sounds like it was made by a bunch of whinging, overenthusiastic 15-year-olds, and I would say the description may be spot on but that is a large part of the charm of The Arcade Fire. They seem to approach their songwriting with masses of enthusiasm, which is fairly evident in the frenetic sounds they produce and the hyperactive vocals. The album is full of angst at the state of the modern world, full of worry about things which could go wrong from crime to terrorism to war to global meltdown, but the overarching message is hopeful, that yeah, there are many bad things in the world, many things to worry over and to fear but that change is possible and that you can find hope through human relationships.

This is a band firmly entrenched in the now, making music that sounds like nothing else out there with a great amount of joie de vivre and a real sense of the power of their own humanity.

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